10 Ways To Increase Nonprofit Or Business IT Security

IT security is on everyone’s minds. Your workforce may be partially, fully, or not-at-all remote, but chances are someone somewhere is using a work or personal device to access work materials outside the office.

Whether you have an IT partner or not, it’s important to evaluate the IT security for your business or nonprofit often. Here are ten ways you can make your IT more secure, today.

Update Software & Hardware

1. Verify all software patches and updates have been installed. Not just laptops and servers, but firewalls and other network devices (routers, switches, APs, office equipment, etc.).

2. Upgrade end-of-service versions of software your company is using and supports.

Depending on the size of your company or nonprofit, keeping software and hardware running can be a complex undertaking. Especially if the team works remotely, ensuring everything is accessible, secure, and working properly at all times is key. Our team creates an implementation plan with you and designs the software and hardware used around your team and workflow.

Audit Security Solutions

3. Change passwords for network devices; when possible, require multi-factor authentication (MFA).

4. Document and train employees on the process for reporting suspicious activity.

5. Enable employee multi-factor authentication everywhere.

6. Remove internet-facing management consoles (internal access only).

7. Verify everyone in your company has completed security awareness training.

8. Implement security information and event management (SIEM) software for additional visibility, when possible.

9. Review cybersecurity policies and corresponding procedures, especially incident response plans.

From firewalls to password managers, anti-malware to dark web monitoring. The Sovran team is ready to manage threats through a holistic approach and protect your company or nonprofit from outside attacks.

Data Backup & Disaster Recovery

10. Test backups and put at least one version offline monthly (or more often).

Even with great network monitoring, disasters can happen. Don’t let them set back your company or nonprofit. Consistent data backup protocols can make recovering from an IT disaster much easier and faster, allowing your team to return to doing what they do best. Sovran partners with a number of data backup and disaster recovery software providers to give you options and keep things rolling.

Sovran Is Your IT Security Partner

Sovran can support your IT security efforts. We can monitor your systems and keep patches and antivirus software current. We can also manage the backups which are key to a successful recovery. Contact us today at (651) 686-0515 or fill out our contact form!